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This study looks at the changes in nesting bird activity before and after the 1989 Hurricane Hugo event in coastal South Carolina. The 1990 breeding season saw decreases in nesting numbers for Great Egrets and Tri-colored Herons but very little change in nesting numbers for Snow Egrets or Glossy Ibises. Most notably there was a dramatic change in nesting numbers of White Ibis from 10,000 pair in 1989 to 0 nesting pair in 1990.

(154) Shoop, C.R. and C.A. Ruckdeschel. 1990. Alligators as predators on terrestrial mammals. American Midland Naturalist, 124:407-412.

This study examines the role large alligators play in the structure of their ecological community. Observations made on Cumberland Island, Georgia showed regular predation on deer and other mammals.

(155) Smith, G.F., N.S. Nicholas and S.M. Zedacker. 1997. Succession Dynamics in a maritime forest following Hurricane Hugo and fuel reduction burns. Forest Ecology and Management, 95:275-283.

Permanent vegetation plots on Bull Island, South Carolina were studied following Hurricane Hugo. Investigation of succession patterns associated with this large disturbance show Live Oak tree structure changed very little while Loblolly Pine and Chinese Tallow were significantly impacted.

(156) Somes, H.A. Jr. and T.R. Ashbaugh. 1973. Vegetation of St. Catherine’s Island, Georgia. J. McCormick and Associates, Devon, PA. Unpublished report prepared for the American Museum of Natural History, New York. 47 pp.

Vegetation on St.Catherines Island was examined and classified into 6 different physiognomic types. Area was calculated for each vegetation type, grasslands (8,032 acres), savanna (399 acres), scrub (245 acres), forest (5,537 acres), herbland (8 acres), and aquatics (18 acres). Species occurrence and abundance is discussed for each region of the island.

(157) Stallins, J.A. 2001. Soil and vegetation patterns in barrier-island dune environments. Physical Geography, 22:79-98.

This study looks at the biogeographic interactions of landforms, geomorphic processes, and vegetation distributions on barrier islands. Data was collected from two islands with different soil properties and geomorphic processes. Soil variance structure was found to be a useful identifier of the influence landforms have on vegetation patterns.


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